Though The Young and the Restless’ Dina Abbott is rapidly declining due to her Alzheimer’s, she has still managed to teach her children some valuable lessons – an accomplishment worth celebrating. Similarly, actress Marla Adams recently feted a very special milestone that we think deserves some recognition.
Happy Birthday, Marla Adams
And that’s because she was born on August 28, 1938, in Ocean City, New Jersey, which means that this talented veteran actress turned 82 years old! Adams began her career with a role in the 1961 feature film Splendor in the Grass (starring Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty) – which she quickly followed up with an appearance in ABC’s General Hospital (ex-Mildred Deal).
Between 1968 and 1973, she played The Secret Storm’s oft married-resident villainess Belle Clemens Britton Kincaid. She subsequently guest-starred on series such as The New Dick Van Dyke Show, Harry O, Adam-12, Starsky and Hutch, Phyllis, and Emergency!
Adams made frequent return trips to daytime fare, most notably YR where she starred as Dina Abbott Mergeron on-and-off since 1984. Dina is a fascinating character who left her children to be raised by their father when they were young but has always regretted her decision. That is playing out now as Dina deals with her Alzheimer’s.
Through it all, she kept returning to soaps. She has also appeared on Capitol (ex-Myrna Clegg), Generations (ex-Helen Mullins), The Bold and the Beautiful (ex-Beth Logan), and Days of Our Lives (ex-Dr. Claire McIntyre).
Adams’s silver screen credits consist of Special Delivery, Gotcha!,and Beneath the Leaves. She also has appeared in a plethora of made-for-TV movies including The Secret Night Caller, Concrete Beat, Maybe Baby, and White Hot: The Mysterious Murder of Thelma Todd.
Soap Hub would like to wish Marla Adams a very happy birthday and many more. The Young and the Restless airs weekdays on CBS. Check your local listings for airtimes.